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2nd place in Touch

Black and white photo of the bride and groom hugging by a Raleigh, NC wedding photographer.
North Carolina, United States

Shane Snider

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Wedding photographer Shane Snider, was awarded 2nd place for photo 1890206 in the Touch category for the WPJA's 2016 Q3 Photography Contest .

The WPJA contest judges presented Shane Snider, a North Carolina, United States wedding photographer, with this Master Piece Award as recognition for top wedding photojournalism in the industry.

The leading documentary wedding photographers in the world enter their best photos to the Wedding Photojournalist Association's photography competitions. They want their wedding reportage photographs to be evaluated and selected by some of the most notable and respected working picture editors and photojournalists in the news industry (these are not wedding photographers or other WPJA members judging their work). Winning these competitions is a true accomplishment for a wedding photographer.

2016 Q3 Photography Contest Judges


  • A tender and tearful moment between the newlyweds is told through the passionate grasps shared between them. The high-key background works well with the white of the brideʼs gown and composing them at left, following the Rule of Thirds, makes for a powerful moment.

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